The COMILOG company belonging to the French mining and metallurgical group ERAMET, with it’s inherit vision of growth and innovation along with improving performance, provides for more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in Gabon. Mr Fernand Mouele from it’s executive group, contacted Hydraform looking for a brick/block machine to build offices on their mining site in Gabon.
THE HYDRAFORM SOLUTION
Comilog has devoted many years specialising in the extraction and processing of manganese ore allowing the manufacture of products essential to everyday life. The Hydraform team after assessing the business and project needs associated with the nature of Comilogs business and industry sector advised Mouele on the benefits of the Hydraform M7M1 Interlocking Block Machine with a diesel engine.
This M7M1 machine has ticked all the boxes of requirements presented by Comilog, as follows:
- On site production projections of a daily shift
- Power source
- Environmentally sustainable qualities
- Skills training
Mouele mentioned, “the power supply in Gabon can be unstable and could delay the project if relied on”, this as a matter of course supporting the chosen technology and machine.
In Gabon, most construction projects are built with a hollow block, which is costly and often left unfinished. The Hydraform interlocking system is mortarless, with an interlocking technology which allows the blocks to by dry stacked, reducing the cost on time, material as well as construction.
Upto 2200 Blocks per day
UPTO 12-15 X 50M2 HOUSES PER MONTH
MEDIUM - LARGE PROJECTS
CLIENTS WHO REQUIRE HIGHER VOLUME PRODUCTION FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS WHERE PRODUCTION CAPACITY MUS BE CONSISTENT AND EFFICIENT
LENGTH CM - 302 (ELEC / DIESEL)
CUBIC METER - 8,519 (ELEC / DIESEL)
ESTIMATED WEIGHT - 1600
The maintenance of a Hydraform building is very minimal in comparison to the latter, there is no obligation to plaster or paint the blocks. Mouele realised often times in construction after acquiring his first Hydraform interlocking machine that the dust had no negative effects on the Hydraform block quality in any way, instead they always looked unstained and maintained. Financial logistics have also been tabled by the executives within Comilog as a big advantage, quality bricks could be created with nothing more than a 20-percent addition of building cement to soil, produced on site. Another positive noted is the thermal properties of the Hydraform block, doing away with the need for aircon.
Mouele’s hope is invested in this Alternative Building Technology being explored in more countries – and that the quality and benefits of a Hydraform building spreads wide within Gabon – bringing greatness and uplifting social skills within it’s community. Above all, Mouele says he has appreciated mostly the ability to think in an unorthodox manner regarding construction,“ – all thanks to the Hydraform Building Technology, enabling a thinking process out of the box, and the opportunity to learn and be innovative with building/architectural designs. This has insighted a sense of pride within the Comilog Executives.
Mouele currently has 2 machines and in the process of ordering his third, his plans are to build community houses and a 1400 square foot laboratory. Once this is completed, he will do some social work by opening up a block yard and selling the interlocking blocks to the community at a discounted/ affordable rate. Growth is inevitable is Gabon.